The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has officially launched the Automated Benevolent Fund Process in Peshawar, which will help the applicants to easily apply for welfare grants and schemes, and enable the department to quickly verify and release funds.

Moreover, the automated system will also help to ensure proper monitoring to prevent duplication of records, bring transparency in the disbursement of grants to deserving applicants, and save time by facilitating proper communication between district offices and the main BFC office.

Under this programme, serving and retired government employees and their families will be able to apply for schemes and welfare grants and be able to keep track of their applications through real time SMS-based alerts.

A ceremony was held for the launch, which was convened by the Science and Technology & IT Department KP and attended by Mr. M. Humayun Khan, Secretary ST & IT Department, Mr. Adil Siddiq, Secretary BFC Department, Dr. Ali Mahmud MD KPITB along with members from Finance and Law Department KP.

This solution was developed under the 6th Cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program, which is a three-way partnership between KPITB, Code for Pakistan, and The World Bank Group.

As per the press statement from the government, “Twenty Fellows work in teams with provincial government departments over the course of six months, and work together closely with government departments to understand existing processes and hurdles in delivering efficient services to citizens, conduct user research to gauge citizen interaction with these services, and work in collaboration with the government to design, prototype, test and deploy solutions”.

“Two Fellows, M. Asaf Khan and Anmol Murad, worked on the Digitization of Fund Disbursements for the Benevolent Fund Cell during the six-month Fellowship Program”, the statement read.

The Benevolent Fund Cell in KP works for the welfare of serving / retired provincial government employees and their families across the province under the KP Benevolent Fund provision Ordinance 1972.

Earlier, the department was using manual processes for disbursement of funds which caused delays for the applicants.

The KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program is an annual six-month program, run by Code for Pakistan, in partnership with KPITB and the World Bank since 2014. Code for Pakistan is a non-profit organisation that harnesses the power of people and technology to make governance accessible and dignified for every citizen.

From : pk.mashable.com

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